Saturday, 25 July 2015

Now That's What I Call New #8

Greetings everyone and welcome to ‘That’s What I Call New #8’. My occasional round up of some products I have been sent to try and let you know what I think. Some are new on the market, some are new to me, and some are just for fun.

Green's Indulgent Range

To start with Green’s the baking people who have been providing the UK with boxed cake mixes for over 100 years (who hasn’t had their divine cheesecake mix!) have launched a new Indulgent range. Included in the range are Chocolate Fondant, Tiramisu, Profiteroles and Salted Caramel Dessert.

I was sent the Chocolate Fondant and Tiramisu. I have tried these over the past couple of weeks and they do taste lovely and aren’t too tricky to whip up. The Tiramisu is a bit more involved with a few steps, the Chocolate Fondant much easier. My only gripe was the requirement for certain baking equipment. The tiramisu requires a 7” square baking tin – which I don’t have (and I have a lot of cake tins). The Chocolate Fondant requires 4 ramekins 8 to 8 1/2 cm in diameter. Again not something I have.

I improvised and things worked out okay, but definitely check what is required for the mixes, before you purchase, to make sure you aren’t disappointed when you open the box! Check them out in various supermarkets soon, including ASDA, starting at around £2.29.

Vita Coco Coconut Water

Next, out of the blue, I was sent some cartons of Vita Coco coconut water. Now, I have had this before, and I don’t love it. I would love to love it, as coconut water is so good for you with many, many health benefits. On our recent trip to London, I discovered that you get various different flavours of the coconut water, such as Lemonade, Pineapple, CafĂ© Latte and so on. I would recommend giving coconut water a go, if you haven’t before. It is like sticking a straw in a coconut and if, like me, you aren’t 100% on the original, you can always try another flavour.

Ritz Crisp and Thin Snacks

I was also sent some Ritz Crisp and Thin snacks, to cater for my savoury tooth. You may have seen these in supermarkets recently. They are oven-baked potato snacks, posh crisps really. They come in four flavours. Sea Salt and Black Pepper, Sweet Red Chilli, Sea Salt and Vinegar and Cream Cheese and Onion. They go great with a glass of wine, my favourite being the cream cheese and onion. Disneyboi is torn between salt and vinegar and chilli varieties. They come in small bags and big ones – the latter being very dangerous as they are so scoffable!

The Canada Shop

A company contacted me via Twitter recently asking if I would like to try their maple products. They are called the Maple Cabin on Twitter and their website is The Canada Shop. They sell maple goodies such as butter, sweets, syrup and sugar. I was sent a couple of bags of the maple sugar. When I opened the envelope the smell blew me away. It was so good. I haven’t baked with it yet, but intend to soon and I will bring you recipes soon. However, I have been trying the sugar in coffee and over cereal and I can tell you the flavour is even better than the smell…If you love maple like I do, visit the shop.

Munchy Seeds

Lastly, I was sent some Munchy Seeds to try. You may have seen these around. Munchy Seeds are a range of nutritious seeds which you can top yoghurt with, pop on salads or even sprinkle over a stirfry – or like me scoff as a crunchy snack.

The seeds come in various varieties including Choccy Apricot, with Belgian chocolate coated sunflower and pumpkin seeds, with pieces of apricot. There is the Chilli Bite variety, spicy roasted apricot kernels, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

They are healthy, nutritious and most important of all – tasty! Sachets start at 69p and tubs at £2.35. Available from Sainsbury’s.

That's all for now folks.

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